The Winter Horses

The Winter Horses

by Philip Kerr


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ISBN-13: 9780385755467
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 299,599
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 15 Years

About the Author

Philip Kerr is the New York Times bestselling author of the WWII Bernie Gunther crime novels and the children's fantasy series Children of the Lamp.  He lives in England.

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Winter Horses 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Winter Horses by Philip Kerr is a MG historical novel full of intrigue, wonder and survival. Amazingly, two wild horses and a dog, each important to the story, carry their parts as if they were human characters. But none are as strong as Kalinka, the fourteen-year-old Jewish girl who survives the killing of her entire family in Russia during WWII by the Nazis, the brutal winter on the Ukrainian steppes and the bombs of her own Red Army. Kalinka strives to save the horses and they unite to save her. The underlying theme of surviving the Nazi’s attempt to eliminate a race is cleverly played out two-fold in this story. The fantasy element is understated and the only two weaknesses I found in the plot were that of the escapees’ footprints. The SS soldiers paid extreme attention to the beginning of the chase, mentioning the four sets of footprints, and then they noted three, when Kalinka mounted the female horse. But their observation skills were totally lacking when toward the end of the tracking they were completely fooled by following only one set of footprints. (Not likely) And the second plot hole concerned the horses, the girl and the dog covered in a silver paint so that the SS soldiers thought they were silver statues. That must have been a giant jar of paint, not to mention that Kalinka was able to wash it off with snow. (Again, not likely.) Despite these two situations, the writing is so well done it captures the reader’s attention from the first page and holds it to the last. With current events in Ukraine, this story will gain popularity because of the setting and I have recommended this story to several people. I received an ARC of this story from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 12 years old and i loved this book! This is my first Phillp Kerr (sorry if i spelled it wrong) and i have a pretty good impression of him:) I think this is a great book for tweens or teens who are studying WWII as am i... and the best thimg is i couldnt set it down! Alot of imagination and hilarious events! But also unexpected twists and sad scenes. So get ready for a ride
alexab0629 More than 1 year ago
A lifelong horse lover(i'm 17 years old) and owner of 2 horses, you can imagine that i've read my fair share of novels about horses. After catching my eye at my local library, I checked the book out and began reading it. This book has literally become my favorite novel. For those who don't know, Przewalski's horses are the only truly wild horses left here on the planet. They have never been domesticated, because their temperament simply will not allow it. Before reading this novel, I had heard about the Przewalski's horse, but didn't know much information about them. I fell in love with the breed and the way that the character, Kalinka, is able to connect with these horses in a way that they save her life is just remarkable to me, even though it is a work of fiction. Every description of the horses and their actions made me want to drive to the barn where I board my horses and snuggle up with them and thank them for the many ways that they have saved me. Phillip's way of writing drew me in and combined my love of history, horses, and all animals in general in a way that physically did not allow me to put the book down. I highly recommend the novel!!
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Seaquine More than 1 year ago
I should've read the reviews before reading the book. It appeared in my "Historical Fiction" search & being a horse person for many years, I looked forward to learning how these equines shaped our history. From a teenage standpoint, I think this would be a nice, uplifting read, away from the many culture shocks of the day. Would recommend for 16 and under.
Patarma6 More than 1 year ago
Well drawn characters add substance to a very nice legend. Additionally, a little knowledge about the horses is presented that is probably overlooked in the flood information of our age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book a real page turner